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In budget fight, appropriators eye long TSA wait times

May 02, 2016

The bad news: Security lines at airports around the country are expected to get a longer than ever this summer. The good news (at least for the travel industry): Those increasingly disruptive wait times may prod Congress to up appropriations for the Transportation Security Administration. Our own Jennifer Scholtes has a forecast this morning about how wait times and funding levels are going to play out. As she explains, “Plumping spending accounts at the security agency has never been a popular notion. But neither is the prospect of angry constituents tying up congressional phone lines with stories of snaking screening lanes and missed flights. And all signs say this year’s security queues will far surpass those of years past.”

Five Years After Bin Laden's Death, What's Changed?

May 02, 2016

Shortly before midnight on May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama stood at a lectern in the East Room of the White House and delivered a startling announcement: American forces had located — and killed — the most wanted terrorist on the planet, Osama bin Laden.

A Cyber JSOC Could Help the US Strike Harder and Faster

April 25, 2016

A network-attack analogue to the manhunting Joint Special Operations Command would allow cyber warriors to decide, deconflict, and execute more effectively.

U.S. Infrastructure Can Be Hacked With Google, Simple Passwords

April 03, 2016

Authorities say the Iranian computer hack of a New York dam is the symptom of a huge weakness in the U.S. infrastructure -- dams, stadiums, traffic controls and power grids that can be accessed by anyone, including hostile nations or terrorists -- with simple passwords or no passwords at all.

The Morning Download: Microsoft Builds Bridge to Ubuntu, and Beyond

March 31, 2016

Good morning. The expansion of Microsoft Corp. horizons under CEO Satya Nadella continued on Wednesday, as the company announced plans to bring Linux command-line tool bash to Windows 10. It’s part of a broader strategy to open its technology to outside developers, CIO Journal’s Angus Loten reports.

MasterCard Moves to Patent Analytics Work That Predicts Political Events

March 30, 2016

MasterCard International has developed a data analytics system for predicting political events, such as a coup or martial law, based on credit card data. While many companies use algorithms to understand customers, there is growing interest in using analytics to get ahead of serious social and political developments that affect corporate as well as national interests.

Why Europe has a bigger terror problem than the U.S.

March 28, 2016

Tuesday's bombings in Brussels left at least 31 people dead and 300 wounded. They are the latest additions to an increasingly long list of casualties from attacks across the breadth of Europe. Paris, Ankara and Istanbul have all been similarly targeted in the past five months.

Brussels Subway Death Toll Highlights Airport Security Focus

March 25, 2016

The Brussels terrorist attacks show how subway passengers can be even more vulnerable than airline travelers. But that’s not where public attention -- or federal security spending -- has gone in the U.S.

Small banks face the greatest risk from hackers

March 24, 2016

Cyberattacks on the country’s largest banks, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Bank of America Corp., grab the headlines. But the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and other regulators worry that smaller banks, with less robust cybersecurity, provide easier targets for criminals, terrorists, and foreign states seeking to infiltrate the US financial system.

Chinese national pleads guilty to hacking U.S. contractors

March 23, 2016

A Chinese citizen pleaded guilty March 23 to a "years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors," the Justice Department announced. The episode is a reminder of the Pentagon's ongoing struggle to keep defense secrets out of the hands of foreign hackers.

What Can Estonia Teach Us about Cybersecurity?

March 23, 2016

Estonian prime minister says in speech at GW that trust and privacy are keys to the future of digital societies.

More security coordination needed in Brussels

March 23, 2016

The terrorist attacks in Brussels are raising questions about how the seat of the European Union's government is protected.

Brussels terrorist attacks put a heavily Muslim district and Belgium's police under scrutiny

March 23, 2016

For months, Salah Abdeslam was Europe's most-wanted man. He was accused of helping plot the horrific November terrorist attacks carried out by a team of well-organized militants beneath officials' noses in Paris.

Shocking level of unpreparedness' in Belgium: Experts

March 22, 2016

Current and former U.S. and European counter-terrorism officials, who are experts on ISIS in Europe, told NBC News that the location and timing of the attacks — just days after the capture of the suspected operational leader of the Bataclan massacre in Paris — suggested a "shocking" level of unpreparedness by Belgian authorities.

'No 100% secure solution' to prevent terror attacks, experts say

March 22, 2016

Authorities stepped up counterterrorism efforts in major U.S. cities in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels Tuesday, but experts warn that there are limits to what law enforcement can realistically do.

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